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  1. I loved the book, and think about it every time I see someone knitting!
    It was one of your posts that made me decide to reread it….thanks!

  2. Because I have promised Jonathan that I will eventually read this book, I’m not going to read your review just yet. But when I DO, I will come back. ;D

    In the meantime, CONGRATULATIONS! =D That was quite a feat!

  3. So glad you liked it — it’s my favorite novel. 🙂 The 1935 film, 1958 film, and 1989 BBC miniseries are all quite good, to the best of my recollection. I’ve seen only bits and pieces of the 1980 miniseries, so I can’t really say anything about that one.

  4. I am so glad you enjoyed this! I think I mentioned before that it took me several false starts, trying this book and not getting into it, before I finally persevered, and I was so glad I did. Right after reading it through to see what happened, I read it through again to marvel at Dickens’ mastery in putting it together. One of my favorite passages as far as writing goes was when Dickens is describing the home of the marquis, and as he is describing the stone faces outside (gargoyles maybe? I can’t remember), and I was almost getting to the point of thinking, “OK, enough description, can we get back to the story?” when he says that this morning there was one stone face more –and I was thoroughly chilled realizing the marquis had been killed.

    Sydney Carton is one of my favorite characters in all of literature. He is a perfect depiction in the end of unconditional love, giving expecting nothing in return.

    The only film version I have seen was a BBC miniseries several years ago — it may have been the 1980 one Gina mentioned. I can’t remember much about it except that I did enjoy it.

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